Sculpture

Breathing sculpture

Inscription

{Etched into the glass is a spiral of continuous text, composed by the sculptor:}
life turns and turns on the crystal glass
breathing in our body

silence is a voice, our voice
silence is a body, our body

life turns and turns on the crystal glass
breathing in our body

I invite you to breathe
I invite you to listen to the silence

This memorial has its own webpage: Broadcasting House memorial.
The 10 metre high inverted glass spire (or plastic beaker) is lit at night and "in tandem with the 10 o'clock news bulletin" a light beam is projected upwards from its base.

Site: Breathing sculpture (1 memorial)

W1, Langham Street

This building is the new east wing of Broadcasting House, a destination known in cabbie slang as "the tripe shop".

Sculpturally the memorial is intended to relate to the radio mast on the roof of Broadcasting House (a non-working decorative reproduction of the original short-wave aerial mast) and the spire of All Soul's church. Conversely our photograph shows a relationship to the Post Office Tower and the cranes of the still growing building.

See Keith Moon for how this corner used to look.

For all you need to know on the original Broadcasting House, see the magnificent A London Inheritance.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Breathing sculpture

Subjects commemorated i

BBC news reporters and crews who lost lives

See Broadcasting House memorial for the names and biographies of these men an...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Breathing sculpture

Created by i

Jaume Plensa

Born Barcelona.

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